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They decide the "computer" is "frozen" and call in to have it restarted, which my other staff just does. Here is your problem. This is not a technical fault, so don't try and implement a technical solution. Instead, you should implement a process whereby every call or ticket for this type of problem actually gets troubleshooted before any action is ...


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Your problem is step 5, where your other staff restarts the computer without doing even the most basic troubleshooting. I assume you're referring to IT staff, who should frankly know better, and not make the problem worse, which is what they do when they just reboot the computer without doing even basic troubleshooting. Rectify this problem first, and ...


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This is sometimes due to a design limitation in x64 Windows with regards to interaction between 32-bit applications and 64-bit drivers. In addition to print dialogs, another common scenario where this occurs is when using 32-bit Internet Explorer and dialogs for smart cards. Microsoft provides some background information on the cause here: The Save As ...


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There is nothing to prove, nginx is specifically optimized for serving static content. You were told wrong.


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The best way to understand Linux is to break it, badly, and then fix it.


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The typical use for nginx is to serve the static files for a web site, while something else (which nginx proxies to) serves the dynamic content. Unless you're generating the PDFs on the fly, nginx should be perfectly fine.


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I use Sumatra PDF viewer. It seems to work rather well, it loads almost instantly (compared to 20 or so seconds for adobe) and is very fast with page changes and what not. Also, no ads unlike Foxit.


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The sort command is named sort.


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Using Ghostscript directly (instead of using ImageMagick's convert command, which calls Ghostscript indirectly) is indeed faster. And it gives you more control about conversion parameters. Try gs \ -sDEVICE=jpeg \ -o bar_%03d.jpg \ -dJPEGQ=95 \ -r600x600 \ -g4960x7016 \ foo.pdf where -o: determines output ...


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I have used and like both pdfcreator and also CutePDF for making PDF files from windows applications which don't natively support pdf creation.


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Relying on any kind of "DRM" protections in PDF files (or any other kind of file) assumes that the reader software and computers where the reading is occurring are "trusted". This is a bad idea. You can use authentication and encryption to limit "use" to authorized parties, but that only works when the authorized parties keep their passwords and keys ...


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I'm not sure, when you say a "deeper level", if you're talking about getting more into the command line (some people never leave the GUI that comes with their distro, if you can imagine that), or with really gritty low-level stuff like writing kernel drivers. I'm going to assume more of the former than the latter. I'd advise you to set reasonable goals for ...


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Only years of experience playing with individual components will give you a deep understanding. Having said that, the vast majority of Oreilly Press books are really well written and perfect if you're not a dummy and have more than 24 hours. :) There is a project called Linux From Scratch, which shows you how to build a linux distribution from nothing. You ...


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Even when you've encountered this problem before, it can be a real PITA to go hunt for a hidden modal dialog box. Ultimately, it's a UI problem shared between platform and application. If users get confused by my product, it's a bug in the product. The application could show an indicator in the main window saying [pending print dialog (Click here to ...


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I have this implemented in a company document archveiving project. Scanned file is a tif file(single page). Then using Cuneiform to create a hocr file of the single tif. Then using hocr2pdf to output the PDF file. If multiple scan pages, I use gs to combine the PDFs into a single PDF document. Works really well, OCR is good enough for our needs and is ...


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Other than using it everyday (Which I think is a great thing!), I recommend you start thinking about services that could be implemented for your network on a linux box. Start designing it based on Linux services, research and implement once your ready. There will be hopefully mistakes in the process, and that experience will help you understand the OS at a ...


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Have you seen wkhtmltopdf? Can't say how well it works personally, but it seems like exactly what you need. Only problem may be, with this and any 'browser automation' solutions, that it will pick up the print stylesheet rather than the screen display one so the PDF may not be exactly what you see on screen.


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You will find several free guides at The Linux Documentation Project, guides page. This is a short list i pick from there, but you should scroll through the page to find what you need. Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide; Jun 2008 Linux on the Road; Nov 2005 The Linux System Administrators' Guide; July 2005 Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide; Mar 2009 ...


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BTW, one of the reasons ImageMagick is so much slower is that it calls Ghostscript twice. It does not convert PDF => PNG in one go, but uses 2 different steps: it first uses Ghostscript for PDF => PostScript conversion; it then uses Ghostscript for PostScript => PNG conversion. You can learn about the detailed settings ImageMagick's "delegates" ...


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Just upgrade to Office 2007 SP2 and use the inbuilt "Save As PDF" plugin. If you want to stick with pre-SP2 the plugin is available separately from Microsoft


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For general Unix philosophy and an excellent introduction to the command line, there is Brian Kernighan and Rob Pike's classic The Unix Programming Environment. Also, IBM's DeveloperWorks web site has over 900 articles in its Linux section. You can browse the article list for topics you find interesting. Finally, once you're ready to get into the ...


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Acrobat Reader has a "quiet" parameter, so you could do: AcroRd32.exe /t "C:\test.pdf" "\\servername\printername" in your batch file to print out pdfs from the command line. Something like for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /b *.pdf') do printit.bat %%a Where printit.bat uses prints using reader then deletes the file (if you want it to).


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These are "byte range" requests (an HTTP/1.1 feature), which are typically made by the Adobe Reader browser plugin. They are intended to support being able to follow a link in your browser to a theoretical 50 MB PDF, get the table of contents, follow a link in the TOC to the last page or two, and the reader downloads the last few pages, giving you immediate ...


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Take a look here Follow the steps under Adding MIME Types to IIS 5.0 See if pdf is already defined in the list you get after press File Types, otherwise continue following the steps to add it. There is a whole list on that page of various file types to add, for pdf you will want extension pdf and type application/pdf. In the past I've had issues with IIS ...


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I came from software firm that featured an integrated document imaging solution. The production scanners we recommended/sold for customers imaging more than 1,000 documents per day was the Fujitsu fi-6240 or fi-4340c with appropriate SCSI connectivity to the imaging PC (roughly 40ppm). For the extremely large environments, running 5,000 scans per day, we ...


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You can install PDFCreator on one of the computers, then share it out. The other computers will have to Connect to the Shared Printer (which can be done by script or GPO, or manually). Install it in the Server mode, it will walk you through most of the configuration. And it's free (beer). Configure Auto-Save with the network directory you want the files ...


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Configure an auto-pdf printer? Not sure if this might be an option worth looking into, but I wanted something vaguely similar: Auto PDF printing without prompts or popups. I have a program that prints stuff that I'm upgrading and for testing purposes I want to print to PDF, auto-name it and not have to think about that part of the process. I setup Pdf24 ...


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This is a UI/Windows design problem. Hitting the users over the heads is unfair to them. Since it's happening enough times, you might consider an automation solution. Use something like autohotkey to put a macro in their autostart. The macro periodically checks for a windows type (i.e. save as dialog specific to PDF printer) and issues a "bring to front" ...


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On Mac OS X you are able to print to PDF, this works extremely well for my resume which I then have printed out at Kinkos and give out to potential employers.



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